20 NuLabour apparatchik Ministers from the unelected, undemocratically accountable House of Lords

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Gordon Brown has now appointed an astonishing number of Apparatchiki from the unelected, unaccountable House of Lords, to serve as Cabinet Ministers, Ministers of State and Parliamentary Under Secretaries.

In theory, Ministers are kept in check from misbehaving, somewhat, by the fact that they have to justify their conduct in office to their Constituency electorate as a Member of Parliament.

This is what has led to Ministerial resignations as a result of fiddled expenses, or the appearance of impropriety, even for some expense claims which were technically within the rules e.g. Jacqui Smith, Hazel Blears, Tony McNulty etc.

This democratic safeguard does not apply to unelected Members of the House of Lords, who have been parachuted into Ministerial office and have had their ennoblement rapidly rubber stamped, simply through the patronage of the Prime Minister (Tony Blair or Gordon Brown).

Gordon Brown's shambolic regime now includes 20 such Apparatchik Peers (when Glenys Kinnock is ennobled) . In some Departments, they outnumber the elected MPs serving as Ministers.

Her Majesty's Government - Tuesday 9 June 2009

The Cabinet

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First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Lord President of the Council

1 * The Rt Hon Lord Mandelson

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Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

2 * The Rt Hon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

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This is the only actual Ministerial position which needs to be held by a Member of the House of Lords.

Secretary of State for Transport

3 * Lord Adonis

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Other Ministers

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Law Officers

4 * Attorney General - The Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC***

5 * Advocate General for Scotland - Lord Davidson of Glen Clova QC

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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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6 * Minister of State - The Rt Hon Lord Drayson* & ** (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

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7 * Minister of State - Lord Davies of Abersoch CBE* (jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

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8 * Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Lord Carter of Barnes (jointly with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

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9 * Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Baroness Vadera (jointly with Cabinet Office)

10 * Parliamentary Under Secretary of State* - Lord Young of Norwood Green (and Lord in Waiting - paid)

There are more apparatchik Peers appointed as Ministers in this department , than there are elected MPs serving as Ministers !

HM Treasury

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11 * Financial Services Secretary - Lord Myners CBE‡

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

12 * Minister of State - The Rt Hon Lord Malloch-Brown KCMG**

* Minister of State - Lord Davies of Abersoch CBE* (jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

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13 * Minister of State - Glenys Kinnock

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14 * Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Baroness Taylor of Bolton (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

Presumably Glenys Kinnock will be rapidly ennobled after her term as an MEP runs out in mid July - she is forbidden from serving as a national government Minister whilst she is still a Member of the European Parliament.

Ministry of Justice

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15 * Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Lord Bach

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Home Office

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16 * Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Admiral Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC

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Department for Children, Schools and Families

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17 * Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Baroness Morgan of Drefelin

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Department of Energy and Climate Change

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18 * Minister of State - Lord Hunt of Kings Heath OBE; and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

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Department of Health

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19 * Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Professor Lord Darzi of Denham KBE

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Cabinet Office

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* Parliamentary Secretary - Baroness Vadera (jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

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Ministry of Defence

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* Minister of State - The Rt Hon Lord Drayson* & ** (jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

* Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Baroness Taylor of Bolton (jointly with Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

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Department for Work and Pensions

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20 * Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Lord McKenzie of Luton

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Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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* Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Lord Carter of Barnes (jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

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† paid as a Parliamentary Secretary
‡ unpaid Parliamentary Secretary
* unpaid
** attends Cabinet
*** attends Cabinet when Ministerial responsibilities are on the agenda
# Provides Ministerial support to the Prime Minister in the Cabinet Office on the coordination of Government Policy and Strategy

Countries with residential forms of Government, e.g. the United States of America obviously appoint their Cabinet Ministers or equivalents, but these usually require some sort of cross party political consensus, after confirmation hearings in public, in front of a parliamentary committee.

None of that applies to this bunch of apparatchiki, who have been appointed on the whim of the weak and desperate Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown, further showing up his promises to enhance the democratic scrutiny of the Executive by the elected House of Commons, as simply lies.

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Blair/Brown have reached new depths. UK politics are just rotten and any decent apples left (abouts 100 MPs or so!) I'm sure are struggling to keep healthy! Only way I fear is for people by their thousands, not to vote for any of them! Cameron/Legg in Govt will make no difference at all. The 'quiet revolution' needs to up its game and let ALL the rogues in both Houses and beyond know we - the British public - have had enough! How else can we clear the debris?

I am so satisfied to have found a blog that supports my view that the appointment of unelected lords to ministerial positions of power in government is a constitutional scandal that needs to be rectified by the next governemnt.

Why are Lords Nandelson / Adonis et al allowed to be apointed to ministerial positions of power when they are not accountable to an electorate and have NO democratic mandate at all from UK citizens. They should not be alllowed to campaign either in a general election - of whatever party persuasion.

Why has the media steadfastly ignored this consitutional scandal?

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